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How to Clean Suede Shoes


Many people are intimidated when it comes to cleaning suede shoes. However, with a few tricks and tools, you’ll find the process is rather easy.

You’ll Need:

1. A suede brush

2. A suede eraser

3. Rag and sponge

4. White paper towels or cotton towels

5. Shoe Trees

6. Protective Spray

First, take the suede brush to the dry pair of shoes. Remove as much dirt as possible. Go over the entire shoe, brushing the nap in one direction. In addition to brushing out dirt, this will also raise the nap.
Next, go over tough spots with a suede eraser. Rub over scuffs with the suede brush.
Remove water marks: take a damp (not soaking!) rag and wet down the entire shoe. Then gently sponge up any excess water. To dry, stuff the shoes with white paper towels or white cotton towels and place them in an area without direct sunlight or direct heat. It is important that you never apply direct heat to your shoes (place them near a radiator, toss them in the dryer, etc.) as this can damage your shoes.
Once shoes are dry, brush them again in one direction to restore the nap.
Apply a protective spray such as the Collonil Unisex Nanopro Spray 300ML.
Place in shoe tree like Alden Fine Cedar Shoe Trees so that excess moisture is absorbed.

9 Essential Shoes for Daytime Wear

We believe that men’s shoes are just as important in the daytime as they are at night. From the office to the grocery store, your feet should be wrapped in comfort and style. While we all have a reliable, favorite pair, it’s called a shoe rotation for a reason—wearing the same pair of shoes every day without break not only wears them down, but it makes you look dull and worn, as well.

1.  Black Lace-Up

A versatile black lace-up is a must for every shoe rotation.  A plain-toe shoe made of calfskin with a leather sole is formal enough for most occasions. We like the Rizzo from Bacco Bucci — it’s even denim-friendly.

2. Brownwing

A brown longwing is much more casual–and versatile.  A longwing is at home in a non-white collar environment with a sport coat or with jeans. There are tons of shades of brown to choose from:  The Dark Brown Smooth Calfskin All Weather Walker from Alden is a very versatile option, wearable even on those bad-weather days.

3. Burgundy Loafer

Another versatile shoe to have in your rotation is a burgundy loafer for comfort and quick on and off.  Burgundy is a great color because it goes with anything a black shoe does and more.  Bit and Tassel loafers are fine, but a classic penny loafer can be dressed up a bit for more formal occasions.  Try the Pinch Penny from Cole Haan.

4. Driver

Another variation of the loafer is the Driving Moccasin.  A great option for when you are traveling long distances, the driving moc will get you from here to there and keep your tired feet comfortable on the way back from a long day.  Relax in reliable style with the Double Bottom Cowhide Driving Moc from Minnetonka in Dark Brown Lariat or Chestnut.

5. Desert Boot

A classic look that is also comfortable thanks to their crepe soles, the Desert Boot is a pleasant part of your rotation, especially on days that involve a lot of walking.  You can’t go wrong with Clarks in Oakwood Suede or Beeswax Leather.

6. Canvas Pop

Add some color with a reliable canvas shoe. Navy works for any season, so we suggest the Hookset Camp Canvas Oxford from Timberland.  Less daring? It’s also available in black. Very daring? Try the Cherry Red Canvas 8-Eye Boot from Dr Martens.

7.  Boat Shoe

A casual shoe with function and iconic nautical style, a boat shoe is great for a leisurely afternoon on the water. Go sockless and be ready for anything in the Authentic Original from Sperry Top-Sider.

 8. Double Monk

A Monk is interesting and captures attention, drawing comment from others. A double monk makes a statement all on its own. Our pick? The Conard Double Monk Strap from Johnston & Murphy.

9. Reliable Boot

Sometimes life gets rough. On days when you need to be up for anything, it helps to have a well-constructed, dependable leather boot. Made in America with Horween Chromexcel leather, the 1,000 Mile Boot from Wolverine is a great choice to keep you going when the going is tough.

Tech Tuesday : Learn more about the Clarks Wallabee

Clarks Originals are all about the Plantation crepe soles.  The shoe we are giving away this week, the Wallabee, is well-known due to its distinct look and comfort.  A large part of that image is due to the shoe’s plantation crepe soles.

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Plantation crepe is a durable but lightweight, natural rubber.  It is intended to provide a softer foot strike and be more comfortable than a traditional sole because each step you take will be cushioned. Shoes with plantation crepe soles can also be much quieter than other shoes. The rubber’s crinkly texture that creates traction so that you don’t slip.

Crepe soles seem to be a love-it or hate-it feature for shoes.  The most common complaint is that the soft rubber picks up residue and “black gunk”.  Some people find that their Wallabee shoes look even better once worn-in.

However, some people don’t like the gunk. It can be controlled, though, if you care for your shoes.  The easiest way to prevent a lot of build-up is to routinely clean your shoes. You can find out how to do this on eHow, but the interesting step is to (after cleaning) take a rubber eraser, such as an art gum eraser, and gently rub it across the bottom of the shoe. Make sure to let them air-dry in a shady place to avoid discoloration or cracked leather.   Clarks also pairs with mail-order company Resole America, who will rebuild your plantation crepe soles and return your shoes in about a week.

Whether you like them worn or pristine, thanks to the plantation crepe sole, you know that you’ll be comfortable in your Clarks Wallabees.



Spotlight Brand: Allen Edmonds

Allen Edmonds had been handcrafting men’s shoes in the US since 1922. Based on the Wisconsin shores of Lake Michigan, AE is extremely proud of their American production. Each shoe is made using their traditional 212-step manufacturing process and is touched by over 100 different pairs of American hands.

AE offers a variety of dress and casual shoes, from oxfords to loafers to boots, available in over one hundred sizes, from 6 to 16, and from a narrow AAA to a wide EEE. They truly believe in the proper fit, with 13 Goodyear Welted lasts, and 5 Handsewn lasts to accommodate every shape and size foot. The versatility is endless, with numerous different shapes, sizes, designs and materials. AE also manufactures belts that correspond to each shoe in color and style, believing that it is important that their customers look effortlessly connected.

AE offers timeless designs inspired by the “All-American sensibility” of the countries great men, cities, and natural terrain. Those that wear Allen Edmonds shoes make a statement, however, it is a quiet statement that commands respect. Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush all wore Allen Edmonds Park Avenue shoe for their inaugurations, one of the most important moments of their careers.

Allen Edmonds focuses on superior quality, using premium calfskin and cordovan leathers. They are famous for their hot cork footbeds, which provide the ultimate comfort. If it’s time to stop buying new throw-away shoes every year, AE is definitely a brand to consider. Not only do many of their customers report not having to replace the shoes for ten or more years, but AE also offers an excellent Recrafting service in which they rebuild your shoes from the bottom up to extend its usable life. The standard Recrafting consists of AE replacing the soles, heels, welting, cork layer under insoles, and lace, and also refinishing the upper of the shoe. To see how this process works, check out the video below.

Elegance, Versatility and Sophistication from Men’s Allen Edmonds Shoes

Providing elegance with comfort, men’s Allen Edmonds shoes are sought after throughout the world because of their pristine quality and craftsmanship that reflect an American Classic design. The brand’s timeless elegance and enduring style is a testament to the production that each pair of shoes goes through. Handcrafted through more than 212 different production steps, each and every stitch and material of the footwear is painstakingly overseen to provide the perfect pair of shoes that will last for a long time.

The recently introduced styles of Allen Edmonds feature great attention to detail and sleek silhouettes that provide a sophisticated appeal for the wearer. Additionally, each pair of shoes has versatile styling that extends across the style spectrum and is then appropriate for various occasions.

At The Shoe Mart, men’s Allen Edmonds shoes have 104 different combinations of shoe size and widths that will surely provide a perfect fit for any foot type.